Vic Carucci

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Vic Carucci covers the Bills and NFL for The Buffalo News. He is a Pro Football Hall of Fame selector, has authored nine books about pro football and is a past president of the Professional Football Writers of America.

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper, Jr., has the Buffalo Bills' quarterback situation figured out. In his first mock draft of the year, Kiper has the Bills selecting Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson with the 10th overall choice. Watson recently led the Tigers to a national-championship victory against Alabama. If the Bills decide to move on from incumbent starter Tyrod T…

The Buffalo Bills interviewed Carolina Panthers quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey for their offensive coordinator opening, The Charlotte Observer reported. Dorsey worked with new Bills coach Sean McDermott when McDermott was the Panthers' defensive coordinator. Dorsey, 35, became an assistant coach on Ron Rivera's Carolina staff in 2013 after spending two years as a sco…

In the latest [BN] Blitz Podcast, Jay Skurski and I give our thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' hiring of Sean McDermott as their 20th head coach and other staff moves. We address: *How McDermott and General Manager Doug Whaley will work together. *The news that Greg Olson pulled himself out of consideration for the Bills' offensive coordinator position to instead bec…

Greg Olson has decided not to interview for the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator job, as he was scheduled to do Thursday, and instead will become quarterbacks coach of the Los Angeles Rams, The News confirmed Wednesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report that Olson, considered the likely choice for the Bills' position, would be taking the job in Los Angel…

The Buffalo Bills have hired Kelly Skipper as their new running backs coach. Skipper, 49, spent the last two seasons in the same capacity with the Jacksonville Jaguars. After nine years of coaching at the collegiate level, he broke into the NFL as a tight ends coach with the Oakland Raiders in 2007. Skipper remained in that role through the 2008 season before mov…

The Buffalo Bills are scheduled to bring in Greg Olson to interview for their offensive coordinator vacancy on Thursday, The News has learned. The Jacksonville Jaguars fired Olson as their offensive coordinator in late October and replaced him with former Bills OC Nathaniel Hackett, who had been the Jags' quarterbacks coach. The News also learned that Brad Childress…

The honors keep coming for the amazing season of revival by Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. The latest is his selection to the All-AFC squad by the Professional Football Writers of America. Alexander was the only Bills player to be recognized by the PFWA for his performance during the 2016 season. He already has been named to the Pro Bowl for the first t…

Members of the Buffalo Bills' defensive line are in for the rudest of awakenings. Mike Waufle, hired Saturday by new head coach Sean McDermott to guide the Bills' D-line, doesn't speak so much as bark when it comes to communicating with the players in his position group. He doesn't cajole so much as threaten. Do things his way, or be ready for a fight. Not an exch…

Brad Childress and Greg Olson have emerged as leading candidates to become the offensive coordinator on the coaching staff new Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott is assembling, The News has confirmed. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media first reported and The News confirmed Sunday that Childress, a former NFL head coach and the offensive coordinator the Chiefs, could be coa…

Sean McDermott had no intention of providing headline material, either with brash statements or specifics of any kind. The news conference introducing him as the 20th coach of the Buffalo Bills Friday was, in keeping with his firm but understated nature, short of highlights. McDermott wanted to make it clear that he would leave those to happen on the field. And t…

The common thread running through the Bills and Jaguars is longer than the fact Doug Marrone, after bolting from his first NFL head-coaching gig in Buffalo in 2014, is getting his second with Jacksonville. These are two small-market franchises with relatively new owners who have the desire and wherewithal to turn their perpetually struggling teams into winners. The B…

The Buffalo Bills are "in the process" of hiring former NFL head coach Leslie Frazier as their defensive coordinator, The News learned Thursday night. ESPN.com Baltimore Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley reported that the Bills have hired Frazier, who spent the 2016 season as the Ravens' defensive backs coach. Dennis Thurman had held the job for the past two seasons u…

For the second time in two years, the Buffalo Bills will be staging a grandiose news conference on the field of the AdPro Sports Training Center to introduce a new head coach. In 2015, that person was Rex Ryan. On Friday at 2 p.m., the man of the hour will be Sean McDermott. The circumstances are dramatically different. The Bills were forced to hire a coach afte…

To understand Sean McDermott's approach to coaching defense, you have to go back to his formative years at the elbow of his legendary mentor, the late Jim Johnson. McDermott learned all of the intricacies of Johnson's inventive 4-3 scheme that did plenty to allow the Philadelphia Eagles to become a consistent Super Bowl contender during Johnson's 10 seasons as their de…

The search that began with Sean McDermott ended a week later with the Buffalo Bills hiring him as their 20th head coach Wednesday. Team owners Terry and Kim Pegula flew McDermott, who had been in New York Tuesday to interview for the San Francisco 49ers' head-coaching vacancy, to their home in Boca Raton, Fla., Wednesday to finalize the deal. The Bills will introduce Mc…